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Orlando's Grandmaster Y.K. Kim just wanted to make a good taekwondo movie

How an Orlando martial arts instructor got roped into making his first (and only) feature film, the cult classic Miami Connection

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The movie has been surprisingly well-received since its rerelease – or at least, received for what it is and not held up to unrealistic standards ("It may just force you to redefine your definition of what constitutes 'good' cinema," says a critic for Slant Magazine; "so bad it's essential," says Gawker). And the screenings highlight what Kim had first set out to do a quarter of a century ago: make a movie that draws attention to "exciting martial arts action (not computer-generated)."

It's a roundabout route to success, but one that Kim is embracing without any concern for the irony that being a "so bad it's good" film creator brings with it. In fact, the interview he dropped off here for us to review indicates that Miami Connection may not be his last foray into moviemaking. "Martial Arts World has planned to produce one top-quality action film with modern philosophy every three years to show the true meaning and value of the martial arts," he says. "Our main purpose is to produce a movie to promote the martial arts to the public that family and friends can enjoy together, so more people will practice martial arts."

Cue synths.

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